Dana began his career with Bethesda in 1996 and has served in several roles including President of the real estate division, Chairman of the Board of Bethesda Ministries, Bethesda Associates, Bethesda Foundation and Bethesda Board of Directors. Dana is a native of Colorado and resides in Monument, Colorado. His passion and commitment to seniors and the community in which he lives is very important to him. When asked why he chose senior living, Dana states, “Caring for seniors is a genuine calling, and we’re always thinking about how we are serving our residents, and how we can do it better. We’re working hard to make their time with us special.” Dana graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and has served as CEO for Bethesda since 2007.
Rick joined Bethesda Senior Living Communities in 2004 and has invested 35 years in the senior living industry in various roles of leadership. Rick has an under graduate degree in Finance and Business from Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in Gerontology and Health Service Management from Webster University in St. Louis. He has worked in both skilled and assisted living administration and served as Senior Vice President of Operations for a skilled nursing operator in the Midwest for 12 years before coming to BSLC. Starting out as a nurse aide when he was in high school, Rick fell in love with seniors and how every day is unique. Faith-based service means showing compassion to all those that we serve including residents, family members and staff.
Nathan’s career in finance started in auditing with a public CPA firm, and joined Bethesda in 1998 as Controller, becoming the Chief Financial Officer in 2007. His work experience and current role includes overseeing financial reporting, accounting, debt financing, internal controls, investment management, cash flow planning, budgeting, tax reporting, and financial strategy, as well as a collaborative role in managing our retirement plan, benefits strategies, and insurance needs. He thoroughly enjoys supporting the growth of Bethesda Senior Living Communities. He joined Bethesda’s Board of Directors in 2007, and has maintained an active CPA license in Colorado since 1994.
Michelle graduated from Barnes College of Nursing at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, in 1998. She has worked in long-term care since graduation, except for two years she worked outside the industry. During her time at Bethesda Senior Living, Michelle served first as the Health Services Director for our Ellisville. Missouri community and was later promoted to Regional Health Services Director. She considers it an honor and privilege to be able to work with a team that strives to provide the best quality care and quality of life to our seniors while honoring our servant core values.
Kris began working in the senior living industry in 2007 and joined Bethesda Senior Living in 2018. She has held positions as a Community Sales Director, Business Development Director, and Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. It gives Kris a sense of fulfillment to serve community team members and senior adults as she considers them one of the most under-served populations. Kris believes that everyone deserves kindness and compassion and lives by the motto, “If you aren’t serving a senior, serve someone who is.”
Josh began working in senior living in 2006 after finding a calling in providing service to seniors. He managed communities ranging from 24 residents to 300 residents and served in executive roles including; Operations Specialist, Regional Vice President, Professional Development Manager, and currently Vice President of Strategy and Development. He earned a degree in Economics, an Advanced Certificate in Gerontology, an Advanced Certificate in Senior Living Management, and an Advanced Certificate in Commercial Development. Josh’s belief in leadership starts with breaking the norm. It is a belief that leaders take the traditional leadership model and turn it upside down; instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader works to serve the people.
Since 1984, Bryan has worked in the construction and maintenance industry, including roles as; Project Manager, Estimator, Project Superintendent, and business owner. Bryan currently holds a Colorado Masters Electrical License and a Colorado Journeymen Electrical License. Bryan has worked with the Bethesda team since 2004 and has a great understanding of residential and commercial construction projects. Bryan oversees maintenance and construction projects from the planning stage to finish and specializes in preventive maintenance logistics of building operating systems. Bryan has a passion for creating comfortable, warm, and inviting senior living communities that benefit the residents and the team.
Andrew began his career with Bethesda Senior Living Communities in April 2003 as a Marketing Director at The Gardens in Springfield, Missouri. Four years later, he received a Missouri Nursing Home Administrator’s license and was promoted to Executive Director. In October 2013, Andrew moved into the position of Regional Director of Operations. Prior to joining the BSLC team, he completed a degree in Entertainment Management at Missouri State University. Andrew has been blessed by the many opportunities given by BSLC to serve our senior adults. He has also enjoyed nurturing and enriching the lives of his team.
Bill began his career in the senior care industry in 1998 as a Food and Beverage Director. At the time, he wanted to remove himself from the restaurant industry and had no particular interest in working with seniors, which means the decision to take a job in the senior care field was for selfish reasons. After a few years, his daughter asked if he had found his niche. Bill's answer was a resounding yes, and after some reflection, he felt like he had wasted 20 years of my life not caring for seniors. Now he is doing what he loves! Bill has served as Executive Director of The Gardens at Barry Road in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently provides operational oversight to a team of Executive Directors.
Brittney has been a Registered Nurse since 1995, starting with Bethesda Senior Living Communities in 2009 as the Health Services Director at our Kansas City, Missouri, community. Brittney also serves as a board member for the Missouri League for Nursing and is a mentor for all new nurses during joining the Bethesda team. She loves the day to day responsibility of caring for residents and has fallen in love with the relationships with residents, family, and staff. Brittney considers it an honor to be a part of a team that focuses on enriching the lives of our seniors.
David began his career as a CNA and in 2002 earned his Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Colorado State University Pueblo. He has been in the medical field since 1997, with the majority of that time being dedicated to the service of the senior population. Prior to joining the Bethesda team, David served as a Health and Wellness Director in a community in Colorado Springs, Colorado. David's parents were both RNs and he credits them with instilling the passion to serve others and the ability to appreciate that each interaction with residents, families, and peers presents the opportunity to learn and grow.
Ask Lauren Scherer what she is passionate about, and her answer will include “Service to others!” An advocate for older adults, Lauren began serving seniors over 30 years ago as the Director of Activities in a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Through the years, she has been instrumental in opening three Memory Care Communities. She has enhanced the lives of hundreds of elders through excellence in Life Enrichment Programs, and she has worked as a Senior Living Counselor, helping older adults find housing opportunities to meet their lifestyle needs. “What more can I do?” is not just an idea, but her way of life.
Dan joined Bethesda Senior Living Communities in 2006 with more than 20 years of experience in building maintenance of hotels, shopping centers, and colleges. As Maintenance Director for The Gardens in Springfield, Missouri, Dan took pride in building a top-notch maintenance team and in making the community a beautiful, comfortable and safe home for our residents. In 2008, he began mentoring and assisting Maintenance Directors in other communities, and in 2015 was named Director of Maintenance Operations. Dan looks forward to meeting the challenges ahead and supporting all of our BSLC Maintenance Directors as we work to enrich the lives of our residents.
Kristen became a part of the Bethesda Senior Living Community family in 2000 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. She was promoted into the Executive Director role, where she spent the bulk of her career. Kristen was once again promoted and now oversees our Mentorship Program. Kristen first started in the senior living industry because of her deep passion for helping others, especially seniors. With eight years of experience in long-term care, experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant, a degree in Gerontology, and a Master’s in Business Administration, Kristen’s education, selfless service, and commitment to BSLC’s faith-based service are part of her daily life.
Tony has served in healthcare maintenance since 2009. He began his journey with Bethesda Senior Living Communities as Maintenance Director at Bethesda Gardens Frisco in 2016. In addition to being Maintenance Director, he has also been a peer mentor for new employees since 2018. Tony has also held the position of Chairman of MDAC (Maintenance Direct Advisory Committee) and Chairman of the Frisco Community Safety Committee. Tony states, “I enjoy coming to work every day because it allows me to serve senior adults by creating a safe and healthy environment.” He also likes working for a company that promotes a culture of respect, courtesy, and caring.